Social Studies Teacher Education

Critical Issues and Current Perspectives

Edited by:
Christopher C. Martell, Boston University

A volume in the series: Research in Social Education. Editor(s): Brad M. Maguth, The University of Akron.

Published 2017

Over the past decade, the world has experienced a major economic collapse, the increasing racial inequity and high-profile police killings of unarmed Black and Brown people, the persistence of global terrorism, a large-scale refugee crisis, and the negative impacts of global warming. In reaction to social instability, there are growing populist movements in the United States and across the world, which present major challenges for democracy. Concurrently, there has been a rise of grassroots political movements focused on increasing equity in relation to race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and religion. The role of social studies teachers in preparing the next generation of democratic citizens has never been more important, and the call for more social studies teacher educators to help teachers address these critical issues only gets louder.

This volume examines how teacher educators are (or are not) supporting beginning and experienced social studies teachers in such turbulent times, and it offers suggestions for moving the field forward by better educating teachers to address growing local, national, and global concerns. In their chapters, authors in social studies education present research with implications for practice related to the following topics: race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration, religion, disciplinary literacy, global civics, and social justice. This book is guided by the following overarching questions: What can the research tell us about preparing and developing social studies teachers for an increasingly complex, interconnected, and rapidly changing world? How can we educate social studies teachers to “teach against the grain” (Cochran-Smith, 1991, 2001b), centering their work on social justice, social change, and social responsibility?

Introduction: Social Studies Teacher Education: Problems and Possibilities, Christopher C. Martell. Critical Social Studies Knowledge and Practice: Preparing Social Justice Oriented Social Studies Teachers in the Trump Era, Lisa Sibbett and Wayne Au. Preparing Social Studies Teachers for the Challenges and Opportunities of Disciplinary Literacy Instruction in a Changing World, Tamara L. Shreiner. Transforming Social Studies Teacher Education for Global Citizenship Education, Mark C. Baildon and Theresa Alviar-Martin. When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong: Race Talk, Racial Blunders, and Redemption, Ashley N. Woodson and Kristen E. Duncan. Toward a Gender Inclusive Vision for Powerful and Authentic Social Studies, Kathryn E. Engebretson. Where Is the Queerness in Social Studies Teacher Education? J. B. Mayo, Jr. Immigration and Social Studies Teacher Education, Jeremy Hilburn. Critical Considerations in Teaching About the Muslim-Other in Social Studies Teacher Education, Natasha Hakimali Merchant. Ending the Silence About the Earth in Social Studies Teacher Education, Mark T. Kissling, Jonathan T. Bell, Ana Carolina Díaz Beltrán, and Jennifer Lane Myler. Epilogue: Social Studies Teacher Education: Future Directions, Christopher C. Martell. Author Biographies.


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